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Date: 1/7/13 4:14 PM

Anyone have experience sewing silk tulle & lace?

I have a bunch of questions! I'm making a veil this summer (circular drop veil) and I want to splurge and make it an heirloom-quality piece with silk tulle and alencon lace. (Lace from Vogue Fabrics Store, probably getting the tulle from Britex unless I find a better source for 72" tulle)

Do I need to pre-treat the tulle in any way? Or can I just take it out of the package and use as-is?
What kind of thread should I use? A lot of DIY veils use nylon thread, but I suspect I should be using matching silk thread.
Hand sewing vs. Machine? I don't mind hand sewing, but machine would be faster. Would stitches be more noticeable on the machine? If I handsew are there any tricks to hide my stitching? What kind of stitches are better to use? I typically use zig-zag stitches when I sew lace on with a machine.
How close can I trim the netting on the lace (It's a Galloon and I'll have to split it up the middle) and on the tulle to my stitching?

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Date: 1/7/13 11:01 PM

The least expensive silk tulle I found for dd's veil was from bridalgal55 on eBay. I paid $50/yd for 72" wide ivory silk tulle. It doesn't look like she has any currently, but you can contact her, as she almost always has some. I just pressed the tulle before making the veil.

DD didn't want her veil trimmed, but I did trim her dress with alencon lace (a galloon I cut in half) from sposabellalace.com (they were the least expensive). I zigzagged it with silk thread, which truly just disappeared, and then trimmed closely after sewing. It's really not going to ravel. If a little cord from the lace gets loose, you can stitch it down or just pull it through to the other side with a crochet hook and tack.

Your veil sounds lovely, and I wish dd hadn't wanted hers so plain.

Let us know how it comes along.
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Date: 1/30/13 4:09 PM

Hi Mary! Thank you for your note! I'll have to contact bridalgal55 on eBay, although it looks like Britex is having a sheer silk sale right now so I might be able to pounce on that. . . .

Do you remember what size silk thread you used? I've found 50 wt and 30 wt. I guess 50 wt is heavier?

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Date: 1/30/13 10:02 PM

I just used the Guterman silk thread you can buy at Joann, and it doesn't have a weight.

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Date: 1/30/13 10:53 PM

Thank you! :)

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Date: 1/31/13 4:30 PM

50 wt is finer than 30 wt

Superior threads has Kimono Silk 100 wt which is very fine. I don't do bridal work, but I use the 100 wt silk for applique and it disappears

Edited to add: I forgot to say I usually buy mine at Sewthankful.com. Good prices on Superior threads, reasonable shipping and ships fast. NAYY just happy customer.


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Date: 6/14/13 1:13 PM

Speaking of silk tulle, has anyone used the 60" natural white silk tulle from Thai Silks? $15.75 definitely seems to good to be true after seeing $50-$125/yd...

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Date: 6/15/13 3:36 PM

Someone posted earlier about silk tulle at thai silks .I've bought from them and the descriptions are always accurate.I'd order a yard and see what you think.Would the 60 inch work?When you applique the lace to the veil tulle you can leave a little border of the net around the motifs.Then stitch.You may have to go back and trim any little ridges but really the stitches disappear. I've found that a looser tension avoids puckering and a narrow zig zag works well.What you are trying not to do would be a heavy satin stitch but one that blends into the netting.

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Date: 6/17/13 2:17 PM

I ordered a yard of silk tulle from Thai Silks last week and got an email that it is on back order. No idea what the timetable is for that.
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Date: 6/17/13 2:24 PM

carry - do you happen to remember which thread that was? I tried looking through a bunch of threads about tulle, but didn't find the info I was looking for before. I figure I could make the 60" work. :)

Maripat - Please report back to let me know what you think of it when you finally receive it! That is, if you don't need it ASAP and cancel your order... :)

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